13 Days of Halloween, Day 8: Ghostly Annapolis Royal

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Posted October 28, 2011 by Vacay in Halloween in Canada
Candlelight Graveyard Tours - Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens - Nova Scotia

Candlelight Graveyard Tours at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens in Nova Scotia. ©Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

Ghost town of Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia — The Annapolis Royal Graveyard, also known as Garrison Cemetery,  is one of the oldest English graveyards in Canada, with one stone — that of a 37-year-old woman — dating back to 1720. This ancient part of Canada is celebrating its ghostly past with candlelight tours and talks.

From October 21 to November 1, Annapolis Royal will take on ghostly aura as the spirits of the past take over the town for a Halloween-inspired festival. One tour includes a walk through the graveyard and a visit to the 300-year-old Sinclair Inn Museum, the earliest surviving Acadian building in Canada. The inn is haunted by multiple ghosts such as Louise Comeau who with her husband brought the land on which the inn was first constructed. Pregnant with her first child when the English attacked the fort, Comeau and her husband left their land and moved to Quebec where she died in childbirth, never happy to have been forced to leave her Acadian roots.

Since the 17th century, Annapolis Royal has been associated with gardens and the Historic Gardens in the town has been transformed for the month of October into a ghostly garden. Nightly events including a bonfire and ghost stories, a witch’s lair and an archaeological bone dig.

Halloween Countdown in Canada
Day 7: The Magic of Lanterns in Montreal
Day 6: Haunted Cave on Vancouver Island
Day 5: Spooky corn maze near Winnipeg
Day 4: Frightening Fort York

Day 3: The bloody Plains of Abraham
Day 2: Ghostly Edmonton
Day 1: Regina’s haunted Government House


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